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Solicitor, Legal Executive and Other Legal Roles

How to develop legal experience while you're at university

Law is a very competitive sector and applicants who want to become a solicitor need to show a high level of ability, experience and enthusiasm to be successful. This also applies to other legal professions, such as legal executives and paralegals. You can begin building your work experience at undergraduate level, whether you're studying law or not.

Important: While vacation internships with law firms are a key way of gaining practical legal experience and demonstrating your commitment to a career in law, any legal experience you can gain will be useful and support your applications for the LPC and training contracts.

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Building your experience - by year of study (for law and non-law students)

Here are some ways you can build your law experience in your first year. Researching different areas of law is a good starting point for considering a legal career - if you're here, then you've already started!

Law students can keep up to date with the latest opportunities in their School via the Law careers site in Canvas

Here are some ways you can build your law experience in your second year. If you're not studying law, it's worth thinking about these things in the final year of your degree.

Law students can keep up to date with the latest opportunities in their School via the Law careers site in Canvas

Here are some ways you can  build your law experience in your final year

Law students can keep up to date with the latest opportunities in their School via the Law careers site in Canvas

Applying for vacation schemes

A vacation scheme will give you an insight into the work of  a solicitor and support your applications for the LPC and training contracts.

Many firms recruit for their training contracts via vacation schemes and they are generally open to law and non-law students in their penultimate year of study.

Competitions

Competitions are an excellent opportunity to develop your skills, work with your peers and receive mentoring or advice from professionals in the field:

Developing your commercial awareness

Being aware of the latest developments and trends in business and commerce will help you to understand the factors that might affect your client's business and the implications of your legal advice.

Commercial awareness is a skill that you'll develop over time and it needs to be continually updated. You can begin developing your skills by following the news closely and keeping up to date with business reports.

Interviewers are likely to assess your commercial awareness skills and ask you about what you know about upcoming developments and changes that may affect their firm or clients.